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PolitiFact Wisconsin: Gov. Walker on property taxes

Posted: 8:01 PM, Jun 07, 2017
Updated: 2017-06-08 01:01:07Z

One of Gov. Scott Walker's favorite topics has been property tax reform, and PolitiFact Wisconsin checked a claim he made about property taxes during an interview with WTMJ radio.
 
“Walker says that the property tax on a median-valued home in Wisconsin is lower now than it was in 2010," said Tom Kertscher with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
 
According to an estimate by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, property taxes on a typical home were $2,963 dollars in 2010, just before Walker took office.
 
For the 2017 to 2018 period, taxes are now at $2,832, $131 lower than in 2010.
 
PolitiFact Wisconsin says there's a caveat with the governor's statement.
 
"Residential property values have lagged manufacturing and commercial property values," Kertscher said. "And that's another reason that the residential property tax bill has not gone up. "
 
PolitiFact Wisconsin says the total amount of property taxes collected has risen each year except for one during Walker's tenure.
 
"It's important to remember on any individual property a property tax might be higher than it was in 2010 it might be lower," Kertscher said, "but the governor is correct on a typical home the property tax is now about $130 less than in 2010.
 
PolitiFact Wisconsin rated the Governor's claim: Mostly True.